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About Brasserie Athenee

A rich elegant atmosphere with simply great French food.

300 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 8:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: 4:00pm - 1:00am

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 399-1100

Website:
http://www.brasserieathenee.com/

Public Transit:
N, R & W trains to 49th Street, A, C & E trains to 42nd Street/Port Authority, and 1 train to 50th Street.

Brasserie Athenee Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

71% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (7)
Casual (5)
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Cozy (2)
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Neighborhood Gem (2)
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Quiet Conversation (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Good for Groups (1)
People Watching (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Not sure why this restaurant is rated as highly as it is. The food was just average, ditto the service, but what really annoyed me was that they served those little pre-packaged cups of "breakfast syrup" (actually corn syrup) that you get at breakfast in a Hampton Inn or similar chain motel. We ordered french toast and pancakes, and this was the accompanying "syrup." For $10 or $11 each, genuine maple syrup would have been appropriate. Actually, in a Hampton Inn, you are also offered the "sugar-free" breakfast syrup, so at least there, if one wants the flavor of maple syrup, it's possible to avoid the calories. Not here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

The food is fine. Nothing special. It’s close to theaters which is useful and isn’t too loud so conversations are possible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Once again we had a fine lunch and even good coffee after our meal. This restaurant is a reliable choice in the mid-town theatre area with reasonable prices, good food, and efficient service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Very happy with the food and service. Very good wine list too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I had the best escargot I’ve ever had, and the lamb shank was amazing. The lamb chops were underwhelming next to the shank but were still good. I had two whiskey sours and the first was very weak but the second was perfect so drinks are hit or miss. Out server was wonderful, didn’t interrupt us and wasn’t too chatty but was friendly and gave great food and wine recommendations, she really knew the menu. I will absolutely eat here next time I’m in town.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Casual, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

I met 3 out-of-town friends for lunch on a Tuesday. The service and the food are excellent - I've had dinner here many times but never brunch. Highly recommend it, especially on regular, not matinee, days. My 3 friends were very impressed and will return whenever they're in town, I'm sure.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

One of the best pre-theater menus, great value. Excellent service allows ‘leisurely’ enjoyment of a 3-course meal with no rush to get to theater on time. Quiet enough to truly enjoy conversation. Very good food.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Salade niçoise le thon inmangeable, boeuf bourguignon manque de goût et de légumes d’accompagnement, ps de ventillation nos vêtements sont imprégnés d’odeur de bouffe. J’y étais allée , il y a qq années et c’est bcp mieux.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Good spot for pre-theater meal. Appetizer menu was small, but good French onion soup. Entrees tasted bland.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Rude wait staff

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Have eaten here before a number of times and was looking forward to returning. Exceptionally disappointing. Poor quality food and seriously overpriced

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

The space is nice and convenient to the theater district. Overall, the food was disappointing. I ordered steak frites and it was only passable which was disappointing given this was a french bistro. My wife ordered the seafood risotto and said it was the worse risotto she had ever had. The seafood was okay (clams, mussels) but the risotto was not cooked correctly. My daughter had the mussels and french fries which she liked.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We live nearby and Brasserie Athenee has become a go-to for us. The coq au vin was excellent. The monkfish was less so. Lovely authentic French setting and convenient to Times Square and theaters.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We dine here several times a year. Always enjoy the friendly good service. Enjoyed appetizer,salad and 1 of the entrees. The other entree was not up to par. Will return.!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Brasserie Athenee is an "always reliable". The food is good, moderate prices, and absolutely great for watching people scurrying by to get to the theater for a matinee. Snag a table by the window and watch "the passing parade".

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Food was not impressive and my husband's dinner entre was inedible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 26, 2017

The service was great but the food was very disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Good food. Service a little slow for pre play time

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Was going to a show and went solo. Ordered muscles there were filled with grit. Only ate 5 max and bus boy ushered the plate off without questioning why I only ate 5 muscles. spoke with the hostess, who's response was. Well..... When you don't eat your meal and you need to have a drive attention to that fact. It's a sad commentary on the service. When you indeed speak to someone and their immediate reaction isn't an apology, it's unforgivable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 26, 2017

Like most NYC restaurants it is small and tables are packed tight and seemingly put wherever they can be placed. We were on an open corner at the end of a row. No place for two sets of legs under the table and one chair was in the throughway. That said, the food was very good and the service was excellent. We would absolutely go there again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Ordered the Linguine with seafood. Broth was great, seafood was great but the Linguine was so mushy and it was spaghetti not Linguine. BIG difference.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Brasserie Athenee is a great place for dinner before the theater. Get yourself a table by the Windows, and watch the Broadway crowd scurrying past. The mussels are scrumptious, large and in a delicious broth - save your bread for dipping!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Casual, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

This is one of 3 "Go To" restaurants whenever we are going to theater. Great service, nice atmosphere, excellent drinks and delicious food ad a fair price. We've taken friends there several times and highly recommend it.

Tags: Quick Bite, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Decent pre-theater meal, food was good, reasonably priced. Menu doesn't offer a lot for picky kids, but then again, maybe the kids shouldn't be so picky.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Always an excellent meal here!!

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 (Toronto)·Dined on March 16, 2017

We love this restaurant and visit whenever we are in town.
Bravo!!

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Pre-Theater menu options are limited, but the service was extremely slow. I had to ask twice where our main courses were. Tables that were seated well after ours were served and left before we got our mains delivered, which should have been hotter. Second time dining here, same experience. It's off my list now; pity, because the location is ideal for many theatres.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 17, 2017

On a very cold night, the French onion soup really hit the spot! The broth that included five kinds of onions was very substantial and we enjoyed the way the cheese with baked. Our entrées of doc and Fisch were good but the real winner was the crème brûlée. We really enjoyed the ambience and thought we were in Paris.

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Charming French bistro with nice ambiance, delicious food and reasonable wines.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2017

This is a favorite stop for a light lunch before matinees. The food is consistently good. The wait-staff is always friendly and attentive. We find it to be a good value.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (Tulsa)·Dined on January 5, 2017

The food was very good. The duck special was exceptional, as was the cheesecake. Our waitress though, rushed us to order at the beginning on our meal but then ignored us completely once we placed our order.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2016

A charming French bistro in the Theater District. We were between theater crowds, so it wasn't too crowded. I had the crispy salmon and my partner had the coq au vin. Both were delicious. Our waiter was attentive and friendly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2016

Food was awful. Service only fair. Cramped seating. Hardly worth the cost. Don't go!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

I felt borderline racism in the restaurant. The moment I walked in the treatment was different. I don't even think the service was great but I would feel guilty not leaving at least 15% it was definitely an uncomfortable meal.

Food was also way too salty, I was dehydrated for the night

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

I had the duck confit and it was excellent my wife had the muscles but she said they were a little dirty although the food was wonderful and we had a great time

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Dynamically located on the corner of 8th Ave and W 46th Street. This lovely place has plenty of seats where you can gaze at the passersby, including at the bar. The food leans to Greek and French with a few surprises included. The food was good, as was the service. Nice evening.

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Casual, People Watching, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2016

Something's changed here. Our meals were ordinary, bland. This had been our go-to pre-theater brasserie with many French and Greek classics but the quality has dropped. We ordered a Greek mezze plate - 3 tiny scoops of spreads and a lot (too many) pita points, essentially a plate of bread - and an arugula salad with poached pear (better). For our entrees we had fennel crusted salmon this time - it had only the lightest dusting of crushed fennel seed (if at all) - imperceptible and beef noir, which turned out to be 3 medallions of pot roast with plain tomato sauce spread on top. Dessert was a soggy piece of almond cake. We won't be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Disappointed in the quality of the food. We went before theater hoping for good quality at a fair price. The price was fair but the food itself was not

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 (Montana)·Dined on November 12, 2016

The service was terrible and the food was cold. In fact, I got very sick about 2am after our meal there. I can't say exactly what it was that made me so sick, but due to the temperature of the food, I have significant concerns about its safety. I had escargot for an appetizer and the steak frites for dinner plus a glass of Riesling. Our server was inattentive, we waiting a long time between the appetizers and the main meal (at least an hour), and those who ordered the fixed prix menu had to ask for their dessert. Even though our reservation was at 5:30, we barely made our theater events at 8PM. The tables sitting around us that came after we arrived were served before us. I will not be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Service was slow and my food was cold. Another at my table had to send food back for further cooking. The acoustics were poor and made for a loud dining experience.

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